Men in Comics

This weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival includes among its many talks and events a panel on “Men in Comics.” Here’s the description:

Men have a long history in comics, both as readers and as characters. This panel is a chance to talk about the decisions that creators make when writing and drawing male-identified people, as well as how these creators’ experience with men in comics have shaped their work. Featuring Caitlin Major, Iasmin Omar Ata, Shieka Lugutu, and Sanya Anwar. Moderated by Eleri Harris.

This all-women panel about men is the latest in a series of such events, intended as playful reversals of all-male panels about women’s participation in various domains. (See, for instance, this all-male panel on women’s empowerment.)

Last year, PodCon featured an all LGBTQ panel on “How to Write Straight Characters,” and Dragoncon featured a last minute replacement of a “Women in Comics” panel by one similar to this weekend’s TCAF panel.

Here’s a fun Twitter discussion of these and other such panels kicked off by Canadian nerd and Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North.


Mother-friendly conference organising: an experiment

To see how far we could get with small fixes — improving the aspects of academic conferences that are pretty easy to change — I organized an experimental conference along with June Gruber, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder (and a fellow academic mom). The conference, held at the University of California Berkeley earlier this month, brought together an outstanding group of speakers using the latest psychological work to challenge misconceptions about the mind — from the idea that pursuing happiness is a good way to achieve it, to the idea that babies are born racist. We called the conference the Misconceptions of the Mind Conference: MoMiCon 2016. And we didn’t just invite the mommies: We invited the babies.

For more, go here.

Call for registration: Feminist Philosophy Workshop

Call for Registration

Feminist Philosophy Workshop

9 October 2015

University of Hamburg

Invited Speaker: Anca Gheaus (Sheffield)

“Feminism and Basic Income”

All are warmly invited to participate in our upcoming workshop on Feminist Philosophy. We intend this workshop to provide an opportunity to highlight contemporary feminist scholarship, and to bring early career researchers, established scholars, and students together to share their ideas.  Our speakers will explore a range of feminist perspectives on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, intersectionality, autonomy, implicit bias, and morality and rationality.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Erin Beeghly (Utah) – Does Morality Require Stupidity? The Case of Forbidden Base Rates
  • Jade Fletcher (Leeds) – Feminist Metaphysics and the Canberra Plan
  • Marta Jorba (Girona -LOGOS) & Maria Rodó de Zárate (Estadual de Ponta Grossa) – What Constitutes What in Intersectionality? Beyond Mutually Constitutive Models: The Wholeness of Experience
  •      Nadja El Kassar (Zürich) – An Examination of the Idea of Epistemic Advantages of the Epistemically Disadvantaged
  • Ji-Young Lee (Bristol) – A Feminist Challenge to Procedural Accounts of Autonomy
  • Robin Zheng (Cambridge) – Collective Responsibility for Implicit Bias: From Restorative to Transformative Accountability


Registration is free, but places will be limited. Please send an email to to reserve a place. While not required, we highly recommend pre-distribution of papers, slides, or other presentation material. To that end, we will make a shared Dropbox folder available to presenters and registered workshop participants.

Location and Accessibility:

Please visit the workshop website for maps of the location as well as detailed accessibility information. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you need further information.


Please visit the workshop website for more information. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the workshop organisers: Amanda Cawston ( or Nathan Wildman (

Reflections on trying to organise a panel with more women

Recently, we—Elisa Freschi and Malcolm Keating—set about organizing a panel for the upcoming ATINER panel. We aimed for a panel which would include significant numbers of women, using suggestions from the Gendered Conference Campaign (GCC) published on the Feminist Philosophers website to achieve this goal. Not only is the result an exciting combination of global philosophical interests which can push back against stereotypes of philosophy as a Western activity, its gender ratio can push back against stereotypes of philosophy as a male activity. Our hope is that the more panels and conferences which work to include women, the more women’s names will come to mind as experts in these topics. Further, hopefully younger generations of women will find it easier to find a path in academic philosophy. And finally, including more women who might otherwise be ignored due to implicit bias means better philosophy will be done.

Click here to read their reflections.

NeuroGenderings III

Below is a list of podcasts from Neurogenderings III, a conference on the brain and gender, held this year in May. The podcasts are available here.

I heard Jordan-Young at a conference in honor of Anne Fasto-Sterling a week before the conference; I do recommend listening to her. And if you think that sex is purely biological then you will find Anne F-S’s keynote very interesting, I hope. The other speakers are very distinguished scholars.

Dr Cynthia KRAUS, Senior lecturer at the Institute of social sciences of the University of Lausanne. Opening words to NeuroGenderings III: the first international Dissensus** Conference, 8 May 2014, University of Lausanne.

Prof. Franciska KRINGS, Vice-Rector of the University of Lausanne. Welcome words to NeuroGenderings III: the first international Dissensus Conference, 8 May 2014, University of Lausanne.


Rebecca JORDAN-YOUNG, Tow Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College. Sex as Chimera: Tools for (Un)Thinking Difference.

Gillian EINSTEIN, Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Gender Medicine, Linköping University, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dalla Landa School of Public Health, University of Toronto. When Does a Difference Make a Difference? Exemples from Situated Neuroscience.

Georgina RIPPON, Professor of Cognitive NeuroImaging, Aston University. Functional Neuroimaging (FNI) and Sex/Gender Research: of Differences, Dichotomies and Entanglement.

Anne FAUSTO-STERLING, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies, Brown University. How Your Generic Baby Aquires Gender.

**from your When a large group of people is very unhappy with a certain policy or event, this collective unhappiness is an example of dissensus.

Symposium to honour Gillian Howie

Feminism, Materialism, Critical Theory:

A Symposium to Celebrate and Engage with the Work of

Gillian Howie (1965-2013)


Monday 16th December, 2013

School of the Arts Library, University of Liverpool




My guiding principle is that the work of philosophy should be concerned with the intelligibility of the world. This is not because everything can be explained, grasped, or even communicated, but because if, as feminists, we wish to change the world, then we need to know what we are dealing with”.

(Gillian Howie, 2010)



Morning Sessions


10.15: Welcome


10.20 – 11.20: Session 1


J’annine Jobling, University of Liverpool

‘The Angel of History: Death, Transcendence and a Feminist Materialist Spirituality’


Patrice Haynes, Liverpool Hope University

‘Encouraging a Thoughtful Love of Life: Practicing Philosophy with Pamela Sue Anderson and Gillian Howie’


Chair: Daniel Whistler, University of Liverpool


11.20 – 11.40: Coffee



11.40 – 13.00: Session 2


Christine Battersby, University of Warwick

‘Gillian Howie’s Situated Philosophy: Theorising the Intersections of Self, Body and World’


Stella Sandford, Kingston University

‘“I suggest we regroup around the idea of dialectical materialism’”.


Chair: Joanna Hodge, Manchester Metropolitan University


13.00- 14.15: Lunch



Afternoon Sessions


14.15 – 15.15: Session 3


Roundtable discussion on ‘Living with Dying’

With Pamela Sue Anderson (Oxford University), Beverly Clack (Oxford Brookes University), Ned Hassan (Liverpool Hope), Michael McGhee (University of Liverpool), Ruth Gould (Dadafest, Liverpool)


Chair: Laura Green, University of Liverpool


15.15 – 15.45: Coffee


15.45 – 17.00: Session 4


Kimberly Hutchings, London School of Economics

‘Reflections on Howie on Late Feminism’


Victoria Browne, Oxford Brookes University

‘“Come back to me when you’ve read the Critique of Pure Reason”:

Gillian Howie on Pedagogy and Intellectual Inheritance’


Chair: Margrit Shildrick, University of Linköping



17.00: Closing





17.30 – 19.00


Wine Reception (SOTA Library)



Dinner at The Quarter, Falkner Street




Enquiries to v.r.browne at liv dot ac dot uk


BGND Philosophy of Religion Conference 2013

I wanted to draw attention to the Baylor-Georgetown-Notre Dame Philosophy of Religion Conference, this year, taking place October 3-5 at Notre Dame. It’s got a fabulous line-up and lots of women on the program.

Here’s the conference program:


Thursday, Oct. 3

    • 2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Welcome
    • 2:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Pamela Anderson (Oxford) – “Making Sense of Things: Why Metaphysics Matters to Analytic Theology”
    • 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Jon Kvanvig (Baylor) – “Affective Faith and Its Cognitive Dimension”
    • Dinner

Friday, Oct. 4

    • Breakfast (starting at 8:30 a.m. outside the conference room)
    • 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: Pat Kain (Purdue) – “God, Good, and Kant”
    • 11:50 – 1:20 p.m.: Lunch
    • 1:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Jeff Speaks (Notre Dame) – “The Greatest Possible Being”
    • Free time* and Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 5

    • Breakfast (starting at 9:30 a.m. outside the conference room)
    • 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Roger White (MIT) – “Teleological Explanations and Arguments”
      • Commentator: Elizabeth Miller (Harvard)
    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 a.m.: Shieva Kleinschmidt (USC) – “Reasoning without the Principle of Sufficient Reason”
    • 12:50 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Lunch
    • 2:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.: Charity Anderson (Oxford) – “Pragmatic Encroachment, Stakes, and Religious Knowledge
    • ​3:50 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.: Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern) – “Religious Belief and the Epistemology of Testimony”
    • Free time and Dinner

*All conference participants are welcome and encouraged to attend Susanna Schellenberg‘s colloquium on Fri., Oct 4 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in 220 Malloy Hall.

Mary Wollstonecraft Conference

The organisers are pleased to announce a one day conference on the Social and Political Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft to be held on Thursday 30th May (9am-5pm) at Birkbeck College, London.

While long admired as an inspirational and visionary feminist writer, only recently has Wollstonecraft been rediscovered as an important and innovative philosopher and political theorist in her own right. The papers in this gathering explore Wollstonecraft’s ideas both in relation to other female writers of the period and as providing valuable insights into issues of contemporary political relevance such as the nature of rights and the accommodation of cultural diversity.

Everyone is extremely welcome. If you have any queries about the event please
contact Alan Coffee (


Barbara Taylor (London)

Quentin Skinner (London)

Susan James (London)

Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent)

Lena Halldenius (Lund)

Martina Reuter (Helsinki/Jyväskylä)

Alan Coffee (London)

Location: Room B36, Main Building, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX

Further details are available here.

This looks like a great event! – Monkey

Lectures in honor of Ruth Barcan Marcus

This just in in news of the delightful. In honor of the amazing female philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus, CUNY is hosting a conference that celebrates women working in the philosophical traditions Marcus has so heavily influenced. The organizers (two graduate students – Rachel McKinny from CUNY and Jessica Keiser from Yale) are women. The speakers are all women. The chairs are all women. The claim that women just aren’t interested in ‘techy’ philosophy is once again counterexampled so hard it’s funny.

Here’s the program:

Karen Lewis (Barnard/Columbia)
Elusive Counterfactuals
chair: Jessie Munton (Yale)

Sun-Joo Shin (Yale)
What is Special about Diagrammatic Reasoning?
chair: Ashley Atkins (Princeton)

Maya Eddon (UMass-Amherst)
Fundamental Properties of Fundamental Properties
chair: Zee Perry (NYU)

Delia Graff Fara (Princeton)
‘Romanov’ Sentences are no Problem for the Predicative Theory of Names
chair: Lisa Miracchi (Rutgers)

I can’t think of a more wonderful way to honor Marcus’s memory. This has totally made my day.